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SIOUX CITY — Spencer’s boys track and field members traveled to Sioux City Thursday where they participated alongside other talented regional athletes at the Bob Guhin Invitational, hosted by Sioux City East.

Run at Olsen Stadium in Sioux City, the Tigers earned four first places in relay events, another second, and multiple top 10 finishes in individual competition.

SHS boys topple Midgets on court

SPENCER — While the Tigers No. 1 Trevor Steele was battling to a 10-7 win Thursday night at home against Estherville Lincoln Central, No. 2 Colby Sherrod downed his Midget opponent easily, 10-3 — helping propel the Spencer boys tennis team to a 7-2 victory in conference dual action.


SIOUX CITY — A narrow 2-1 road victory at Sioux City West, battling both the cold and wind Friday evening allowed the eighth-ranked Spencer boys soccer team to improve to 7-0 on the season. The win evened the Tigers-Wolverines matchup at 4-4, breaking a two game skid to the West.

“After a week off, we had a slower start than what we wanted,” said Jesse Kuehler, Spencer boys coach. “West took advantage and scored off an early corner.

ILCC campus to cut ribbon on new Emmetsburg outdoor facility

EMMETSBURG — Iowa Lakes Community College will debut its innovative addition to the Emmetsburg campus this weekend, an outdoor Fitness Court, next to the Arthur and Audrey Smith Wellness Center. ILCC is inviting the public to attend a ribbon cutting and open house, Wednesday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m., to discover the healthy benefits firsthand.

Lakers’ Alderson commits to Waldorf University

ESTHERVILLE — Iowa Lakes’ Macy Alderson, recently signed to continue her softball and academic careers at Waldorf University, where she will be studying exercise science at the institution located in Forest City.


DES MOINES — Four relay units representing the boys and girls Spencer Tigers track program will compete at the Drake Relays on the “Blue Oval.” The illustrious event, will include some of the top track and field athletes in the world this week. Action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see the state’s high school elite in competition.



Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 10th seed

Outdoors: Midwest Walleye Challenge prize winners announced

Midwest Walleye Challenge participants from across the southern Midwest have submitted their first two weeks of walleye and sauger catches.

Prizes for the longest fish, most water bodies fished, random draws from submitted fish, and hard luck prizes for logging a fishing trip without a catch will be awarded every two weeks until June 30.

The following individuals are first round prize winners:

Outdoors: Thank trees for all they do this Arbor Day

Get out and enjoy the beauty of April tree blossoms across Iowa neighborhoods.

Trees quietly enhance our daily lives in many ways. They’re like superheroes for our health and our wallets. Neighborhood trees clean the air we breathe and make it fresher. They help keep our houses cooler in the summer and soak up rainwater to help prevent flooding in our neighborhoods.

Outdoors: A look at farm ponds in Iowa

A couple of months ago, I wrote a story about the Master Angler program in the state of Iowa. In one section, I listed the top locations where these proud angler fish were taken. The top one shocked me! It was a general classification: farm ponds! Being an angler from northwest Iowa, there aren’t a lot of productive farm ponds, so I was kind of surprised by this. As a matter of fact, in 2023, 186 qualifying catches were taken at farm ponds in Iowa.

Home sweet home

SPENCER — “The journey continues.”

Tiger coach Bob Schlaeger made the claim following the team’s 8-1 Lakes Conference windy win over Storm Lake Monday night at Spencer’s Riverview Courts.

He was able to pull from some of his team’s depth in the lopsided victory as extreme winds carried lobs all over the court, making it a low elevation strategy for the match.

“We are learning,” he said. “We were able to have some young players play up today.”

Medalist Irvine leads way to invite win

ESTHERIVLLE — Freshman Morgan Irvine topped the five team field with a round of 86 at the Estherville Invite Monday, earning her medalist honors, and leading Spencer to the event title.

As a team, the purple and gold completed the course with a combined score of 378, 27 strokes better than host and the runner-up Midgets.

“Overall a great day for the team,” said Nathan Wendt, Tiger girls coach, “led by a few underclassmen that had their best rounds so far.”

Raquetteers break 5-game skid

STORM LAKE — After a season opening win against Cherokee, the Spencer boys tennis squad dropped five straight. Monday night, on the road at Storm Lake, they broke the skid with an 8-1 victory.

“It was great to get back in the win column tonight after a bit of a losing streak,” said Joe Steele, Spencer boys tennis coach. “I thought the team played very well throughout the lineup.

Middle of the pack

SPENCER — Fifteen teams and 90 golfers took the course at Spencer Golf & Country Club to participate in the Spencer Boys Invitational Golf Tournament Monday.

After 18 holes of action, the Tigers placed sixth in team scoring with 327. Freshman Easton Beehler led the way for the Tigers, shooting a 78.

“Was a very good field with some 3A teams that we could potentially face in district or sectional play,” said Marc Bruning, Spencer boys golf coach.

Iowa Lakes dance team makes history at nationals

The Iowa Lakes Community College Dance Team made history at their first national competition, Dance Team Union’s 2024 College Classic National Championships, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The team competed in the Open Pom and Hip-Hop categories, securing a runner-up position in the highly competitive Junior College Hip-Hop category and a notable third place in Pom.

The Price Cup comes home

SPENCER — Powered by Morningside College recruit Lauren Ellis’ No. 1 singles title run; and the Spencer No. 1 doubles team of Jenna Bennet and Kennedy Graettinger’s runner-up finish, the Tigers would recapture the Denny Price Trophy, returning it home after winning the team’s home tournament Saturday.

Bob Schlaeger, Spencer head coach, called the win a “great showing of our girls. They earned team first place overall, the first time in the six years of this tournament.”

Hoben scores 12 goals in 2 wins

Two games stopped early on back-to-back nights, Thursday and Friday, marked a successful ending to the week for the Spencer Tiger girls who finished with 30 goals, a trio of early stoppages and a clean sheet for the defense and goalie duo, Aubrie Stell and Alexa Hallett. Tuesday, Spencer, now 5-2, will travel Sheldon, for a 5 p.m. contest with the Orabs seeking to improve to 5-0 in NWI Soccer League standings.



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